Daily Brief 17 June by 1B7yn2


									                              Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS
                                            Annual session 2011
                                       6 to 17 June 2011, New York
                                              DAILY BRIEF

Friday, 17 June 2011
Joint thematic discussion on the issues related to the Least Developed Countries in the context of the Fourth
United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries

1.      The Executive Board Vice-President, Asian and Pacific States, chaired the joint thematic discussion on
the issues related to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the context of the Fourth United Nations
Conference on the LDCs. Presentations were made by the Acting Director and Chief, United Nations Office of
the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small
Island Developing States; the Deputy Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations (on behalf of
the Chair, LDC group); the Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP; the
Director, Technical Division, UNFPA; and the Regional Director, North America Office, UNOPS.

2.       Numerous delegations welcomed the joint thematic discussion on the LDCs and underscored the
fundamental role of and partnership with the United Nations agencies, funds and programmes in addressing the
existing and emerging needs of the LDCs. They called for a robust United Nations system-wide effort to
implement the Istanbul Programme of Action with a strong follow-up mechanism and verification. They urged
strategic planning, adequate resources, effective controls and accountability, and monitoring and evaluation to
ensure programmatic results and impact. Delegations emphasized the central role of United Nations entities in
capacity-building in LDCs and in ensuring that concrete steps were taken to change the status of LDCs leading
to their graduation. Queries from delegations included the following: was the MDG Acceleration Framework
sufficient; how would the funds and programmes address aid effectiveness; how would it be ensured that
United Nations support was aligned with national systems; how would accountability to partners be promoted;
and how would the United Nations enable a smooth transition to graduation.

3.       Delegations underscored that lifting LDCs out of poverty was a clear responsibility of the international
community. In calling for increased resources for LDCs, some delegations noted that doing more with less was
not a viable option for LDCs. The importance of South-South cooperation was stressed and at the same time it
was underscored that it could not be a substitute for North-South cooperation. All partners and stakeholders
were called on to do their utmost and provide support for implementing the Istanbul Programme of Action. The
panellists responded to the queries raised and delegations were pleased to note that the United Nations funds
and programmes had committed to giving priority to the LDCs and to implementing the Istanbul Programme of
Action. The Chair concluded the joint thematic discussion by noting that implementing the Istanbul Programme
of Action “was not a destination but a journey” and the Executive Board would return to the topic of the LDCs
during the Joint Meeting of the Executive Boards at the First regular session 2012.

Item 17: Other matters

4.      The Executive Board adopted the following decisions: 2011/14: Midterm review of the UNDP strategic
plan; 2011/15: Status of regular funding commitments to UNDP and to its funds and programmes for 2011 and
onwards; 2011/16: Annual report on evaluation; 2011/17: Update on the Human Development Report; 2011/18:
Midterm review of the UNDP global programme; 2011/19: Report on results achieved by UNCDF in 2010;
2011/21: Annual report of the Executive Director, UNOPS; 2011/22: Reports of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS
on internal audit and oversight activities in 2010; 2011/23: Responding to the emerging demand for greater
information disclosure of internal audit reports; 2011/24: Reports of the ethics offices of UNDP, UNFPA and

UNOPS; 2011/25: Report of the Executive Director for 2010: cumulative analysis of progress in implementing
the UNFPA strategic plan, 2008-2013; 2011/27: Interim allocation for the UNFPA biennial budget, 2012-2013;
2011/28: Least developed countries; 2011/29: Middle-income countries; and 2011/30: Overview of decisions
adopted at the annual session 2011.

5.      Earlier in the session, the Executive Board had adopted decision 2011/20: Planning for the tenth
anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers and the fortieth anniversary of United Nations Volunteers;
and 2011/26: Report on contributions by Member States and others, and revenue projections for 2011 and
future years.

6.      Following the adoption of decision 2011/23: Responding to greater access to internal audit reports, one
delegation took the floor and explained why his Government joined the consensus that allowed non-State
donors, specifically intergovernmental donors and Global Fund for Tuberculosis, AIDS and Malaria (The
Global Fund), to access the internal audit reports to which they contribute financially.

7.      Following the adoption of all the decisions, a delegation presented the purpose of tabling the decision
on the middle-income countries and stressed the need for a more sophisticated means of measuring
development. Another delegation asked if a thematic discussion on youth could be organized at the second
regular session 2011. Another took the floor to thank UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS for appropriately addressing
the concerns regarding the language requirements of the Executive Board documents and hoped to continue the
cooperation in the upcoming sessions.

Item 1: Organizational matters and closing of session

8.      The Executive Board adopted the tentative workplan for the second regular session 2011.

9.      The Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, UNDP Partnerships Bureau, the Chief,
UNFPA Executive Board and External Relations Branch and the Regional Director, UNOPS North America
Office, on behalf of their respective organizations, expressed their appreciations for the hard work and support
of the Executive Board to move forward the critical issues on the agenda, and thanked the interpreters and the
conference room officers.

10.     The Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, UNDP Partnerships Bureau further informed
the Executive Board that UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF had agreed on a common approach to ensure the
continuity of programming in Southern Sudan in the subsequent months following the planned independence
and that the three organizations would jointly inform the Executive Board after working out the details.

11.      The President of the Board commended the members of the Executive Board for constructively
working through some difficult tasks before them to arrive at a fruitful conclusion. She expressed special
thanks to the UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS Secretariat before thanking the interpreters and the conference room
officers and brought the session to a close.


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